a summer afternoon

It was time for a walk.  A reflective walk – taking in a little time to look and listen.  A time to count the gifts, the big and the little.  As long as thanks is possible – then joy is always possible!

Now mind you this is Texas – Texas in July.  And it’s hot.  But you know it’s hard to count Joy and complain at the same time!  So . . . no complaining, just an attitude of gratitude! 

So I grab the camera and the iPod, put in the ear buds, listen to a new playlist, and spend some time walking and talking to my Daddy ~ the Creator of all things great and small.

Even though the land is on the dry side, [we’re still in a drought] . . .

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we managed to find some bright spots along the way . . .

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We meet some creatures big, small, and tiny.

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And as the bright Texas sun is shining down on our walk, the shade is a welcome sight . . . 

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and we pause for a rest in the shade and enjoy the view of the blue sky through the shady limbs of the big oak tree . . .

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It was time to walk the fence and do one last check of the bluebird houses.  We start at the end cleaning out the deserted nests as we go and we were thankful for the plentiful season of blue birds we saw this year. And as we opened the last bird house, knowing that last week we saw four baby birds nearly ready to fledge, He saved the best for last.

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One last baby blue bird waiting for his time to leave the nest . . .  to remind us

as long as thanks is possible – then joy is always possible!

Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
Philippians 4:6

About beegee10

I am a follower of Jesus on the journey of discovering His real, lasting joy through God's grace and thanksgiving. Several years ago, I married my best friend, whom I met in kindergarten many years ago. Life choices took each of us on separate paths, but Divine Appointment brought our paths back together. It's exciting to share this journey with my sweet man - a man who loves God more than he loves me! What a gift!! As a young woman I prayed for God to send a godly man like my daddy to pursue me. I just wasn't listening and abiding when I should have been. Good news in HIS time and in HIS grace, HE did! Not only does my sweet man love me, but he loves my three grown kids as if they were his own. He shares their joys and he hurts when they hurt. I love to hear him pray for each of them daily as we begin and end our days. View all posts by beegee10

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